Speaking at the get-together, Vietnamese Ambassador to Australia Nguyen Thi Thanh Thuy highlighted the significance of the event, saying that this was the first time the event of this kind has been organized in the framework of the Association of Spouses of Heads of Missions (ASHOM) in Canberra.

Participants at the event

She stressed that the event helped promote friendship and solidarity among diplomatic delegations in Canberra, and enhance understanding about the land, people and culture of each nation as well.

The Vietnamese community is the fifth largest expatriate community in Australia with over 300,000 people, she said, adding that many of them are scientists, officials of local administrations, entrepreneurs and famous artists who made significant contributions to Australia’s society.

Chairwoman of ASHOM Ana Paula Mok thanked the Vietnamese Embassy for hosting the event, saying that this was a good chance for all ASHOM members to get an insight into the land, people and culture of each nation./.